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Great Patch

Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir, Sabina Kałuża, Magdalena Lazar,
Karolina Mełnicka, Michał Smandek, Anna Sztwiertnia

Curated by: 

Weronika Ptak

Arrangement of exhibition: 

Rafał Domagała

Author of the fragrance: 

Linda Ponińska

Photo: 

Szymon Sokołowski

Poster by: 

Sabina Kałuża, Magdalena Lazar, Anna Sztwiertnia, Jacek Janas

28.10.2022 – 26.11.2022

UFO Art Gallery

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Great Patch

In the Pacific Ocean, between California and Hawaii, a large man-made island drifts – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This human contribution to “world geography” is a floating accumulation of waste on the surface of the Pacific. Although this is not entirely true. The island, or rather islands, was created by nature. Man provided only plastic, which the system of swirling ocean currents collected and trapped. Four currents rotating clockwise around an area of 20 million square kilometers: the California Current, the North Equatorial Current, the Kuroshio Current, and the North Pacific Current, have collected tiny fragments of plastic, like grains of sand and pebbles, that together look more like soup than land that we imagine when we think of an island. Although it is a no-man’s island, there are Sisyphus who try to clean it up, “to patch up”, i.e. to patch up the holes in the ecosystem or at least prevent them from spilling over the globe. However, microplastic is relentless and creeps into our lives every day, penetrating into living bodies.

Great Patcg is an island where new ecosystems and hybrids are created by artists. The raw metal of the car hood adopts biomorphic shapes, the pieces of plexiglass drip with honey, and its slices form a cityscape full of skyscrapers. GREAT PATCH strives with every fiber to connect with nature. Can we still tell where is the border of this island?

Weronika Ptak

Artists

  • She graduated in cultural studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2010) and multimedia from the Academy of Art in Szczecin (2016). Her artistic explorations can be described as critical conceptual art, investigating the mechanisms of top-down planned reality. She is particularly interested in observing methods of designing spaces or ideas for the mass audience. She works in a variety of media. She has been organizing events combining visual arts and music for several years under Mazury Club.

  • (1986) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. In her work, she often refers to actual events that are difficult to believe in and questions rigid structures. Her work has been shown in many Polish and international exhibitions, including Bunkier Sztuki and Cricoteka in Krakow, BWA in Katowice, BWA in Tarnow, MS2 in Lodz, Temporary Gallery in Cologne (D), Centrala Gallery in Birmingham (UK), MeetFactory in Prague(CZ), Chongqing Dimensions Art Centre (DAC) in China, Album Arte in Rome and Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin. She expands her artistic activities with curatorial practices.

  • was born in 1996 in Cracow. She graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. She draws her inspiration from the crashed and discarded car body elements, mainly used to create objects. Among other things, she uses car paints and other materials from the paint industry in her works. The realization of her artistic creation is exploring the boundaries of painting. For the artist, the form becomes the content of her work.

  • She was born and raised in Reykjavík, but lives in Berlin. Although her work is global, it is always rooted in a deeply personal perspective and experience. Her projects are a long-term process based on immersive research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and social engagement. She traces the interconnectedness of current philosophical ideas, social systems, and human perception of the environment. Gudnadóttir has been nominated for and won several awards. Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions - most notably at the Berlinische Galerie and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and, more recently, at the Reykjavik Art Museum.

  • He deals with the interdependence of human activities and nature. He critically reflects on anthropocentrism and materialism and draws attention to environmental degradation. His practice is based on travel experiences. He invites and engages local communities in collaborative activities, makes spatial modifications to the landscape, and translates the relationships observed in nature into the language of art. His philosophy of moving with a backpack and tent determines his strategies and working methods, during which he blurs the boundaries between interference and "noticing," that is, encountering a situation with a high art factor. He creates sculptures, installations, and photographs and initiates collective-performative actions. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and collaborates with Rodriguez Gallery.

  • Works in installation, animation, and digital art. She studied Graphics at the  Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Intermedia at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal. In her  works, she combines her interest in theories from the field of science and phenomena related to  spirituality and its accompanying rituals. She lives and works in Cracow.

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